Acupuncture is an ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practice developed and perfected over thousands of years in the East and now widely practiced in the West. Generally, the process involves insertion of thin, tiny, steel needles into the skin at specific points on the body to treat various physical, mental and emotional conditions, as well as promote preventative and restorative health.
The underlying concept behind treatment using acupuncture involves hundreds of acupuncture points on the body that have been mapped to meridian channels (i.e., the body’s “circulatory system” for energy flow or “qi”). Each meridian channel relates to an organ or vessel in the body, and there may be multiple acupuncture points on the body that correspond to the applicable meridian channel. By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body’s own healing response and help to restore its natural balance. For example, a person being treated for headaches or digestive issues may involve the insertion of ten or more needles throughout the body, including legs, head, hands and feet to access the applicable meridian channel. Many Western practitioners also use acupuncture points to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissues to boost the body’s natural painkillers.
The acupuncturist spends years learning the body’s acupuncture points and meridian channels, including which points are best utilized to treat specific ailments. Acupuncture is not painful at all, and most people find the experience to be relaxing, leading to increased energy levels, better appetite and sleep, and an enhanced sense of overall well being. Acupuncturists are highly trained in the proper insertion, removal and disposal of sterilized needles, so the process is sanitary and safe. However, as with any treatment, you may want to consult with your family practitioner first.
During your first visit, the acupuncturist will ask you a serious of questions regarding your medical history, profession, sleeping / eating patterns and emotional state to assess your overall health (including any specific conditions or issues you may want treated), then design a customized treatment plan for you. Each treatment generally spans one hour.
In addition to offering traditional acupuncture services and depending on your symptoms and diagnosis, the Acupuncturist at Sackville Chiropractic Clinic may also supplement your treatment plan with a variety of other Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) techniques, including:
- Acupressure – massage technique involving applied pressure to specific points on the body
- Reflexology – massage of specific points on the feet corresponding to organs and body systems
- Cupping Therapy – application of suctioned glass cups to stimulate energy flow
- Gua Sha - use of a smooth-edged stone on the skin to treat pain and improve circulation
- Facial Rejuvenation - for removal of wrinkles, fine lines and scars
Acupuncture Can Effectively Treat:
- Back, neck and joint pain
- Migraines and chronic headaches
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Digestive problems
- Depression and anxiety
- Insomnia and chronic fatigue
- Menstrual pain
- Menopausal disorders
- Fertility issues
- Nausea and morning sickness
- Induction of labour
- Allergies, sinus problems, colds and flus
- Auto-immune deficiencies
- Recovery from strokes, traumatic injuries and surgeries
- Effects of radiation and chemotherapy treatments
- Facial rejuvenation for wrinkles, fine lines and scars
- Smoking cessation
- Weight loss
- And many more …